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Class of 2017 Senior Stories

We are so proud of the Class of 2017. As a class they have achieved 100 percent college acceptance, $6.8 million in merit-based scholarships, and 83,000 hours on the job in the Corporate Work Study Program. As individuals they have fond memories, and inspiring stories of growth, perseverance and success. We hope you enjoy reading the “senior stories” of these amazing members of the Class of 2017.

Senior Story

Ellen Wolterman

Before DPCR: St. Martin of Tours
College: Canisius College

When I leave DePaul I will miss the people the most. I’ve been blessed to meet and get to know so many unique individuals. I will miss my class, and all the stories we share together. I hope that everyone will stay in touch, and visit each other every once in a while. The friends I made at DePaul are kind, caring and eccentric. The type of people at DePaul Cristo Rey are people who leave a legacy behind, the type of people who you meet later in life and they are just as close with you as you were when you left. I hope that everyone finds their way through college and through life, and are able to find peace and happiness within themselves. 

 

Senior Story

Joe Whittle

Before DPCR: St. Joseph School
College: Loyola University Chicago

I have aspirations to become a pediatric surgical oncologist, a surgeon who removes cancer from children. This school year through my Corporate Work Study position at Mercy Health -Wellington, I have been able to take a more hands-on approach to my interest in medicine with experience and exposure to physicians in orthopedic oncology. The good that happened was simply just being there and being a part of that environment. Being able to set up shadowing opportunities with doctors and ask them questions about what they do. I am so grateful that CWSP put me in a place where I am reaching closer to my passion every day and already contributing to the medical field at such a young age. 



Senior Story

Kurtis Whittle

Before DPCR:  Pleasant Hill Academy/St. Xavier High School

College: University of Akron

Some things eat away at you and really make you push yourself harder every day. For me that is fear of failure. I have seen failure for a huge part of my life. My father and mother did not make it past high school, my aunt and uncle did not attend college after finishing high school, and my grandmother did not have a traditional high school education. The fear of becoming like them is imminent in my life. I think this has been the biggest thing that has pushed me to try harder than most. 


Senior Story

Paige Webster

Before DPCR: Corryville Catholic School
College: University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash

The hardest challenge that I have faced at DePaul Cristo Rey was finding out that I was pregnant with my son. I met it with the help of my teachers and the rest of the staff. The CWSP staff worked with me to have a job in school and around my appointments on work days. All of the staff and teachers made us a family that cannot be broken. I am going to miss how we had time to talk to our teachers. They are always here for you.





Senior Story

Lauryn Weathersby

Before DPCR: Gamble Montessori High School

College: University of Akron

When I leave DPCR I will miss the friends I’ve made. I finally felt like I was part of a family and now we are all going our separate ways. It makes me sad because I love everyone here in their own way. We’ve argued and cried together and now we are all grown up and going to college. I’m proud of my 2017 class. My family is ready for me to graduate but most importantly, I’m ready for me to graduate. I’m ready to take on a new chapter in my life. I’m ready to start being responsible and on my own just a little bit. 


Senior Story

Brandon Way

Before DPCR: Gamble Montessori High School

College: University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash

When I was accepted into college and I got my t-shirt, I was so excited because I never thought I would be accepted into college, ever. My family was so happy for me and I was just too excited. I grabbed the blue acceptance shirt and was so happy that I had to dial back my smile just a smidge because I was smiling cheek to cheek. I cannot wait to start my freshman year at college. I will never forget DePaul and I will never forget who they made me. They showed me how to properly introduce myself. They broke the shell I desperately hid in because I was scared of others’ opinions. And they showed me how to light a room with beaming personality. 



Senior Story

Daisha Truitt

Before DPCR: St. William School/Mother of Mercy High School
College: Mount St. Joseph University

The hardest challenge I faced at DePaul was managing my time. I had to wake up almost every day at 5:30 a.m., catch the bus and go to work right after school. I had to make sure my grades were kept up so I wouldn’t lose any scholarships or acceptances. Overall, I succeeded in finishing high school by overcoming all the obstacles in my way. DPCR really is a special place where people are able to express themselves with little to no judgment. Counting down the days till graduation is a little saddening because I know that in college, the community won’t be as tight-knit. I have been able to find myself personally and flourish into a young adult here. I like to think of it as my home away from home.


Senior Story

Asha Truitt

Before DPCR: St. William/Mother of Mercy High School
College: Berea College

In the moment of receiving my first college acceptance, I felt like every day in school was more than worth it. When I received the acceptance for the school of my dreams, I broke down in tears. There were so many thoughts running through my head. It felt as though a million doors opened on the path to my future. I am forever grateful for DePaul especially with my college search. I’ve always been nervous with where I would go to college; having the responsibility of choosing where I would go for the next four years was very scary to me. Thanks to DePaul I am more than certain that the place I have chosen is the perfect choice for me.                                                                    


Senior Story

Amaya Suggs

Before DPCR: Fairfield High School
College: University of Akron

This year I work at Ameritas Life Insurance and when they found out that our school got 100 percent college acceptance, they bought me a cookie and got me a card. Everyone signed it and said a lot of positive things - that made me feel very special. The card was filled with congratulations and advice for when I go to college. They have also hired me to work there over the summer so it really makes me feel good that they trust me and like me and that they see my future being bright.




Senior Story

Rudy Ramirez

Before DPCR: Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies
College: Undecided

The hardest part of high school is doing homework because in middle school I was not used to doing homework; I was very lazy and I just copied but at DePaul I knew that was not going to happen so I started to try to do homework and I push myself to do my best. I will always be thankful for meeting my friend Gideon. I met Gideon freshman year and ever since we were in the same classes. He always helped me and motivated me to do my homework. I am grateful to have him. If it wasn’t for him, I think I wouldn't have passed my classes.  

 


Senior Story

Krishna Perry

Before DPCR: Hughes STEM High School
College: University of Detroit Mercy

I believe that my determination to do great things has always been my motivation to make it through high school. Seeing how far behind I was when I came to DePaul and knowing where I wanted to be motivated me to work harder. When people say your friends will influence the things you do in life, it’s true. My friends in middle school never motivated me to work hard and care for school. But when I came to DePaul, grades actually mattered to everyone. When I came to DePaul I was able to see how important grades actually were. I’ve never attended a school anything like DePaul. I have no idea what college will be like but I know I’ll miss the culture of DePaul.

 


Senior Story

Mar’Keith Peeples

Before DPCR: Academy of World Languages
College: Morehouse College

My sophomore year I didn’t want to attend DePaul Cristo Rey anymore because it was too hard. I was more frustrated that I had so much work to do and if I attended a public school, it would be easier to make it through the day and get things done. DPCR staff, my mom and I really drove my motivation to finish. What DPCR has taught me is to persevere and continue with things regardless of how hard they get.





Senior Story

Ryan Parham

Before DPCR: Horizon Science Academy
College: University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash

My parents are honestly more excited than I am about graduation. I feel this way because mixed in with all my emotions about this are fear, anxiety and the pure panic of a new journey. I will deeply miss my friends, because it will never be the same. We will all be on different journeys meeting new people. Even if we did come back together, our hearts would be in different places and we will no longer share the same struggles, which will leave us all in a void that seems unbearable to think about at the moment. 


Senior Story

Destini Pace

Before DPCR: Pleasant Hill Academy
College: Bowling Green State University

When I graduate from DePaul, I will really miss how close-knit the school is. Everyone knows everyone. I'm really used to smaller schools and being able to interact with my teachers on a personal level, and I think it will be a little bit of an adjustment when I go to college. All my teachers know my name and the type of student I am, so it'll be different to be just another face in a roomful of students next year.





Senior Story

Seme’one Mundy

Before DPCR: CSR Academy
College: Chatfield College

This school is one of the best schools I have ever attended. This school works hard every day to make the students safe, happy, professional and well-mannered. This school has been a significant part of my life both in and out of school. I will carry my experiences and the advice that the staff and students have given to me into college. It is an honor to graduate from this school and to have a strong bond and connection with the entire school body. 




Senior Story

Cameron Mulligan

Before DPCR: Walnut Hills High School
College: Miami University, Hamilton

My best memory at DePaul was playing on the basketball team. I made a lot of friends on the team and learned a lot about basketball. It taught me to have more discipline but also have fun while doing it. It was sometimes hard to manage the school work and to play but it was worth it in the long run. I will miss the people the most at DePaul. I will miss my friends. I will miss the teachers. I will miss all the basketball coaches and especially Ms. Morris. I will miss the atmosphere around here.  




Senior Story

Katie Makin

Before DPCR: St. Martin of Tours School
College:
University of Cincinnati

When I graduate from DePaul, I am going to miss my class most of all. This year has been a lot of fun for me. The best moments have come from the normal or average days. Even when our days have seemed boring, somehow my class has been able to make it fun, through jokes or even funny stories to share with everyone. We’ve really been able to become friends. Every day together has made me realize how much I am going to notice and miss their absence in my life, as we move on to bigger and better things. I can’t wait to see where we all end up, and I hope to keep in touch with everyone as we all move forward.


Senior Story

Stacey Lovins

Before DPCR: Our Lady of Grace School
College:
Mount St. Joseph University

The hardest challenge I faced at DePaul Cristo Rey was trying to be professional at age 14. Working in a corporate setting was not easy at first. It was hard to take things serious and stay focused. I met this by growing up a little and getting used to the system. Over time I got into the groove and figured out how to balance school and CWSP. My freshman year I worked at Home City Ice. After this, I was offered a summer job and have been invited back every summer. After this summer, I will be working part time at Home City Ice while also a full-time college student.




Senior Story

Chamaughn Lee

Before DPCR: St. Joseph School
College:
Mount St. Joseph University

My best memory of DePaul is senior retreat; it is the best experience that I had. I would highly encourage everyone to have fun on retreat their last year in high school. We played games, talked, played, and just had fun. If I was able to do it again, I would love to; I would take any chance I could. 





Senior Story

Joel King

Before DPCR: St. Peter Claver
College:
University of Cincinnati

The thing I will miss the most from DPCR is the atmosphere and the staff. It is amazing because you can be friends and cool with most of the staff. They make the atmosphere so comfortable and allow people to be themselves around others. The staff is also very understanding about most situations and they really care about you. 






Senior Story

Makiyah Kimble

Before DPCR: Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies
College:
University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash

I’ve been asked to come back to my Corporate Work Study job when I graduate from DePaul Cristo Rey. Right there is when I realized that DePaul has a lot of great benefits. This school teaches you things that most people don’t learn until their 20s. Now by sophomore year of college, I’ll be a certified pharmacy tech. I am proud to say that I was a student at DePaul Cristo Rey.


Senior Story

Joseph Jenkins

Before DPCR: Hamilton County Mathematics & Science Academy
College: Wittenberg University

Ms. Katsetos helped me get through the past few years at DePaul. Whether I needed a breather or just to talk, I would make my way down to her office. Another helping hand at the school was Ms. Morris. She would let me go in the weight room when there was free time.





Senior Story

TJ Jackson

Before DPCR: Martin Luther King Academy
College: University of Akron

The thing that I will miss about DPCR are the relationships I have built with certain teachers. I can’t thank them enough for not giving up on me through hard times and I know that I won’t ever have that bond, that connection with any other teachers ever. I know there will never be a Mr. Ebert in college to give me those pep talks when I need them. I know there will never be a staff to understand me. With these last weeks coming upon me, I am soaking it in, because I am going to truly miss this environment. The trust that I have toward the staff here I know I won’t have with anyone else.


Senior Story
Demecos Hill
Before DPCR: St. Peter Claver/Moeller High School
College: Eastern Michigan University

The hardest challenge I faced at DePaul was coming in as a sophomore and trying to make friends. I was afraid of saying something that I shouldn’t have. But I was welcomed as a friend and the same people who I first met are still some of my closest friends to this day. It was a big transition but it became easy after the first few days. I’m going to miss my friends the most after I graduate. They’ve always been there for me. I can’t list how many times my friends have gotten me out of a problem I couldn’t solve on my own. If I can, I’ll invent a time machine and relive every precious moment.




Senior Story
Lizette Hernandez
Before DPCR: Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies
College: University of Akron

The best memory I created at DePaul Cristo Rey was the moment I met my best friend. I remember we were both freshmen and we had to sit next to each other in English class because those were our assigned seats. We didn’t know each other at all but we just randomly started a conversation and instantly connected. After that day, every single day of my freshman year was impeccable. Every day was a new day in which my best friend and I created a new memory. 


Senior Story
Ke’Aira Harris
Before DPCR: Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy
College: Tennessee State University

When I received my first college acceptance from my “dream school” I felt relieved. All my fear and doubts left my mind and body. I was worried that I wouldn’t get in. After receiving it I jumped for joy like I just won the lottery! In a way I had, because nothing is more priceless than having the opportunity to receive an education. 





Senior Story

Erica Harmon

Before DPCR: Westwood School

College: University of Cincinnati

The person who has motivated me the most through my whole senior year and college process has been myself. I never let myself slack when it came to essays for college or any assignments for school. I told myself to apply for scholarships, and I created sticky notes and posted them all over my room with deadline dates. At the end of the day I always have myself. 





Senior Story
Ramiia Grissom McNeel
Before DPCR: Withrow High School
College: The Ohio State University

My sophomore year my CWSP placement was at Cincy Magazine. I was the youngest person in the office but they treated me with a lot of respect. All of the employees were interested in my personal life, goals and my future. I felt comfortable working in a corporate environment with people older than me. I learned a lot about the company and I went to lunch with the publisher.  The company liked me so much that they hired me for the summer, paying me to answer phones, ship magazines and organize the office.





Senior Story

Dejah Gallagher

Before DPCR: Schroder High School
College: Tennessee State University

One of my best memories at DePaul has been the retreats. I had never been to any type of retreats EVER, and being able to experience that with friends and “family” was something I am glad I got to experience. Each and every retreat was super fun and got better each school year. I love that DePaul has retreats each year because it really allows every class to become closer and become more of a family.




Senior Story

Anasia Foster-Barbour

Before DPCR: Eden Grove Academy
College: University of Akron

When I received my first college acceptance I didn’t believe it. It was like a dream come true, like of all people, me? What made this experience so much greater is the fact that I was the first one in our class. I wasn’t the best student and I didn’t have the best overall GPA, but I was the very first one in the class of 2017 to receive an acceptance letter. I was so proud of myself. That was the moment I realized I could really go to college.





Senior Story

Shery Fernandez

Before DPCR: Withrow High School
College: Northern Kentucky University

My family is so proud of me, knowing that I will graduate soon from high school and will continue my education at Northern Kentucky University. At first when I told my mom that I will have to move to Kentucky she was more sad than excited. Later she came with me to the school and realized that it’s okay. My parents got even more excited when I got the news that I received a full tuition, room and board scholarship. I can tell that my whole family is so proud of me.

 

 

Senior Story

Carlos Familia, Jr.

Before DPCR: Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies
College: University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash

I would have to say that every adult at DPCR has motivated me to make it through to graduation, but especially Mr. Ebert and Mr. Wilke. They have inspired me to go beyond and become something great in the future. My entire family is so happy that the firstborn of the second generation in America will go to college.





Senior Story

Sophie Dunham

Before DPCR: St. Boniface School
College: Berea College

My family has always been confident that I would graduate from high school, but it’s always been uncertain as to how we would be able to afford me getting a higher education. Then we heard about Berea. During the college application process, I was told by a few teachers that I should look into Berea, and that I would probably really like it there. When I did my own research into it, I knew they were right. I instantly fell in love with everything about Berea, so I applied as soon as possible, making sure to meet the priority deadline back in October. It wasn’t until late December that I heard back from them, and was told I’d need to provide additional information in order to be considered for admission. I submitted everything this second time, but I was convinced that meant I was denied admittance. My family and I were completely deflated. However, two months later, my mother showed up at school with tears in her eyes and a letter in her hand. Now, I am enrolled at Berea College and will be a part of their 3-2 General Engineering program, finishing my degree at the University of Kentucky.

 

Senior Story

Amanda Drew

Before DPCR: Our Lady of Grace/Colerain High School
College: Gannon University

Sophomore year, I taught a self-defense class at my Corporate Work Study job. It was my first year at DePaul (note: I was a transfer student) and I was assigned to the Hubert company. I was a very fidgety newcomer both in the workplace and at school. However, my position at Hubert helped me open up, and when they found out about my accomplishments in martial arts, I was forced to open up further when I was asked to design and conduct a self-defense class. I spent weeks working on the PowerPoint. When the day came to present it, I remember how nervous I was. But when the class walked in, it all became natural. I laughed, I screamed, I fought, and I taught. From then on, my confidence only grew. 

 

Senior Story

Jayla Davis

Before DPCR: Hughes STEM High School
College: University of Akron

I will miss a lot about DPCR. I will miss the support that the teachers gave me. This year was tough because my father passed and it was hard to bounce back into school. I will also miss the whole senior class because even though we may not always get along and sometimes get on each other’s nerves, we do have each other’s back. We are like a big huge family. The teachers treated us like one. They helped us through our times of need, all of us went through something. We are a big family. We are BRUINS!!!

 

Senior Story

Aniya Cunningham

Before DPCR: Martin Luther King Academy
College: South Carolina State University

When I went on my first college visit freshman year I knew that I wanted to go to college just from the environment and just the thought of making something great out of myself. When the professors were talking to us they said to “change something today so you won’t have to worry about it tomorrow.” I took this to heart meaning that I needed to stay on this strong path of encouragement and good grades if I wanted to do these things in life. I never looked back to my past because I’m very focused on my future I know what I want to do and I know that I am going to achieve this goal. 

 

 

 

Senior Story

Kiara Cooley

Before DPCR: TCP World Academy
College: University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash

When I received my first college acceptance I was so overjoyed. I made sure I did everything I could to get into my dream school. When I received my acceptance letter, I was happy because I know I made my mom and my whole family very happy. I am happy for myself that I made it this far and that when I am finished with high school I know where I am going.

 

 

 

Senior Story

Heather Cook
Before DPCR: St. Dominic School

College: Gannon University

What I will miss the most about DPCR is all my friends. I have gained such close friendships in four years. I know these friendship will last me a lifetime. I feel so much closer to my friends I made in the four years at DPCR than I had with kids who I knew for eight years or more. I will miss the family feel of DPCR where everyone is accepting and welcoming with open arms. 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Story

Brianna Conners

Before DPCR: Eden Grove Academy
College: University of Akron

After I graduate one thing that I will miss at DPCR is the small environment. I’m about to be at a school where there are thousands of people on campus. When I first came here it was hard for me to get to know people because I was shy. Now I have to do this all over again. That’s going to be my biggest struggle.

 

 

 

 

Senior Story

Brittany Collins

Before DPCR: Westwood Elementary School

College: Mount St. Joseph University

When I think of my graduation and upcoming college enrollment, all I can think of is pressure, pressure, pressure. I am the first person to go to college in my family right after high school with the full intention of finishing and meeting my goal. I am sometimes looked up to in my family, for I am the one who is filled with potential to go far in life. I am smart, driven and persistent. My family has high hopes for me, and seeing me fall short is not on their agenda. They know that I have been dreaming about going to college since I was young, and I remember not even being able to imagine how I was going to afford it. From all the hard work I’ve put in, my tuition is covered for my years of college. My family couldn’t be more proud, but I know I have to stick to my plan. While they are the support I can lean on, I know I have to prove to them that I can live up to the potential that they know I have. I have to persist. I have to accomplish the dream.

Senior Story

Alexis Cole

Before DPCR: St. William/Mother of Mercy

College: Undecided

What has motivated me the most to make it through DePaul is a second chance. I have had two second chances while being at DePaul. The first was when I left my previous school and came here. DePaul was supposed to be like starting over. Although it was a new setting, I still hated where I was. So I sought to leave DePaul and enroll in online school because I thought it would make things easier. Wrong. When I came to school with my mom and requested to withdraw, the principle and vice principle immediately pulled us back into their office. They asked me what the problem was, why I wanted to leave, and explained to me the consequences of what would have happened if I were to withdraw that day. The administrators worked with me to change up my schedule and place me with different people. Since my schedule changed, I feel that I have been much happier and much more connected to DePaul in ways I did not think possible.

 

Senior Story

Gideon Coffey

Before DPCR: St. Boniface

College: Miami University

This year I had an amazing experience at my CWSP job, University of Cincinnati - Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. They asked me to make new name plaques because every person working at my office had a different design. I got to work making everything from scratch using Word, PowerPoint and Paint. I made several different designs but finally I made the right one with the UC logo and the perfect size font. I was so proud of my final work and everyone to this day still uses the design I made.  





Senior Story

Lexi Bostle

Before DPCR: St. William School

College: Berea College

One of best memories at DePaul is probably the first day of school. I hadn’t really met any staff members besides the teachers that I had had classes with, so I didn’t know much of anyone at that time. I was sitting at lunch, and one of the staff members came up to me and said, “You’re Lexi, right? Mary, but you go by Lexi?” I guess it’s pretty cheesy, but that completely made my day and has stuck with me. For someone to know this information and actively remember it without my constant reminders (or me even introducing myself to them!) showed to me that the people here really do care about and know their students. 

 

 

Senior Story
Zamaria Beasley
Before DPCR: Hamilton County Mathematics and Science Academy
College: Xavier University

 After I graduate from DPCR, I am going miss being a part of a school community that is devoted to me, my education and my future. From taking honors classes, working in corporate jobs, volunteering, and being in sports, DePaul has pushed me to excel at my highest potential since day one. DePaul has set a strong foundation for me and I can say I would not be where I am without the faculty and staff. All of my teachers are amazing and I can always go to them for help. It will be bittersweet walking away from greatness into greatness, but I know they are only an email away.

 

 

 

Senior Story
Nakiaja Baccus
Before DPCR: Hamilton County Mathematics and Science Academy
College:Tennessee State University

When I received my first college acceptance letter I was overwhelmed with joy. I was a little hard on myself because I kept thinking I wasn’t going to get accepted into the college that I wanted. When the email came through my phone I jumped out of bed and ran to my mom. At that moment I had to tell myself to stop doubting and believe anything is possible.

 

 

 

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